Belshazzar, King of Babylon

Isaiah 14:18-19. “All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie  in glory, every one in his own house.But thou art cast out of they grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those  that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit: as a carcase trodden under feet.”

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Isaiah turns to the near future, predicting a dire–and accurate–end for Belshazzar, the King of Babylon at that time.  He had been such a cruel and merciless ruler that the people would actually rejoice over his death.

Other kings “lie in glory,” or in beautiful tombs and having had an honorable burial.  Belshazzar, however, would lie not in his tomb, but cast far away from his prepared sepulchre.

Other corpses of those slain in the battle, their bloodied garments piled up in heaps, are at least thrown into holes and covered with stones and earth. Belshazzar’s body would lie unburied, in the open, and would be trodden underfoot like garbage because of the way he destroyed his land and killed his people.

Belshazzar’s line would die with him. There would be no fame or glory attached to his name. No streets named in his memory, no memorials built for his honor, no libraries containing the record of his reign.

He would be dead and gone, and no one would care.


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